In many low-income and middle-income countries, only 5%-15% of people who require assistive devices, including artificial limbs, have access to them. In areas that are remote or dangerous, specialized health professionals can be scarce and materials expensive. Poorly made or unadjusted, artificial limbs can make life uncomfortable for patients by causing skin sores, pressure wounds, and muscle fatigue.Read more
400,000 people were affected by cyclone Enawo, which hit Madagascar in early March. According to the latest reports, 250 people were injured, 78 were killed, and 18 are missing. Many homes and public buildings have been damaged or destroyed by the cyclone and floods and a total of 1,244 classrooms have been destroyed and hundreds damaged.Read more
Cyclone Enawo has passed through Madagascar and will end its course in the Anosy region. Madagascar authorities have reported severe damage caused by the cyclone and the subsequent flooding, especially in Antahala, where they believe 80% of homes were destroyed as well as 100% of crops.Read more
Seeing the invisible: Sexuality-related knowledge, attitudes and behavior of children and youth with disabilities in China (2019)
Young people with disabilities have the same right to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) as their peers without disabilities, but their needs and rights are often overlooked. The findings of this study, which was initiated by UNESCO and Humanity & Inclusion, aims to provide evidence to support decision-making by government agencies, educators, development workers and other relevant stakeholders regarding developing and implementing disability-inclusive SRH and sexuality education policies and program for young people in China. View the report here.
Mental health problems are commonplace and affect more than one in four people worldwide. They are responsible for a quarter of all disabilities. This document aims to provide a basis for exploring these concepts as part of more in-depth work, including an update of the 2011 mental health framework document. View the document here.
Humanity & Inclusion works to prevent violence based on disability, gender and age and its disabling consequences in development and fragile settings, as well as to provide holistic care for survivors of violence, exploitation and abuse. HI’s goal is to ensure that people with disabilities and other at-risk groups are less exposed to violence and can live in dignity, independently, and with control over their own lives. View the flier here.
Humanity & Inclusion promotes Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) of people with disabilities and vulnerable populations in development and fragile settings. View the flier here.
Humanity & Inclusion promotes the awareness raising, prevention, early detection, and care management of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) including cardiovascular diseases, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases, and diabetes in development and fragile settings View the flier here.
People with disabilities are living with HIV. This paper explains why they must be included in virus prevention education, provided access to treatments, and rehabilitation. What's more, people living with HIV are not receiving proper rehabilitation care as the virus causes impairments. View the article here.
Road safety is a growing development and public health issue. Globally, road crashes are close to becoming one of the first five causes of death, and non-fatal injuries heavily impact on disability. Indeed, each year, road crashes kill 1.25 million people and injure as many as 50 million others. View the briefing paper here.
This document is intended to provide guidance and a framework for each stage of the project cycle for projects tackling the theme of diabetes and other cardiovascular risk factors. View report here and brief format here.
This analysis paper presents the ‘know-how’ acquired by Humanity & Inclusion in its diabetes prevention and control projects. View report here.
A policy paper that presents a design for a national plan on psychosocial interventions, aiming to develop and promote the national plan established during the July 2006 war. View report here.
As It Is: Research Findings on the Knowledge, Attitude, Practice and Access to HIV and AIDS Information and Services Amongst Persons with Disability (2007)
Scientifically gathered information concerning the knowledge, attitude and practice among people with disabilities in areas surrounding HIV and AIDS. View report here.
Humanity & Inclusion has been present in Madagascar for over 30 years, and currently runs several, multifaceted projects. Our work in the country has included preventing disability in prison populations, improving schooling for children with disabilities, increasing access to maternal and child health care, fighting against the disabling disease lymphatic filiarisis, and advocating for the inclusion of people with disabilities. Humanity & Inclusion operates these programs with a team of 94 staff members in Madagascar and two expatriates.
Humanity & Inclusion has been present in Madagascar since 1986. After four years of political deadlock, presidential and legislative elections were held in the end of 2013 in Madagascar. The newly elected president, Hery Rajaonarimampianina, took office on January 25th, 2014. On April 11th, 2014, he appointed his prime minister, Roger Kolo, and a government was formed. The political crisis is severely impacting the socioeconomic development of the country: 92.8% of the population lives on less than $2 a day. In August 2013, the number of unschooled children was estimated at 1.5 million. In addition, it is estimated that one quarter of the population, five million people, are currently living in situations that leave them highly vulnerable to natural disasters.
- Lymphatic Filariasis care and prevention
- Disability prevention in prison populations
- Mother and child health
- Inclusive Education
- Implementing CRPD
Lymphatic Filariasis Care and Prevention
Lymphatic filariasis, commonly known as Elephantiasis, is a painful and disfiguring disease that causes life-threatening damage to the lymphatic system. Lymphedema, the swelling of the arms and legs, is one of the most common side effects of Lymphatic filariasis.
Currently in it's third phase, this project is working to eliminate Lymphatic filariasis and Lymphedema by raising awareness of the disease among communities, patients and their families. Case-managing through home visits, theater performances, discussion groups, and other means, Humanity & Inclusion provides consistent follow-up and assistance to those with Lymphedema. Humanity & Inclusion is also building the capacities of health professionals from partner health facilities (surgeons) and informal health staff (community workers) to monitor and support local health facilities. In addition, Humanity & Inclusion oversees the production of shoes adapted to patients living with Lymphedema.
Disability Prevention in Prison Populations
In partnership with the Ministry of Justice and other civil society organizations, Humanity & Inclusion collaborates to improve conditions in five prisons across Madagascar. Currently in it's second phase, the main activities of this project include: optimizing management of infirmaries, implementing activities that promote collective and individual hygiene, raising awareness of prisoners' rights, and supporting educational and socio-cultural activities related to the prevention and protection against violence in prison.
Unique to Humanity & Inclusion, this project also emphasizes a psychosocial intervention. Supporting professional training for psychsocial rehabilitators, conducting individual therapy sessions and discussion groups, and helping detainees maintain ties with their families are a few of the key objectives of Humanity & Inclusion's Disability Prevention project in Madagascar.
Mother and child health
Working to reduce morbidity and maternal and infant mortality, Humanity & Inclusion partners with international and local organizations to improve access to maternal and child health care facilities in the regions of Itasy and Bongolova. Through the formation of a consortium of disability health workers, this project provides technical and professional support to 225 health workers and 362 community workers, and oversees handicap accessible construction at 29 Maternal and Child Health care facilities.
Humanity & Inclusion works to ensure that all children, regardless of their vulnerability or disability, have access to education. The organization works training teachers to develop the skills necessary to effectively educate children with different needs. A national awareness raising campaign and direct government lobbying are also important to Humanity & Inclusion's efforts on inclusive education.
The MIRAZO project supports the disability movement in promoting and monitoring the application of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. By building the capacity of civil society actors the organization is mobilizing a national campaign on the rights of people with disabilities.
Cyclone Haruna hit the south west coast of Madagascar on February 22. The storm caused at least 18 deaths and forced 22,000 people from their homes.